Normally we hear about anime acquisitions when the anime is already done, but today Crunchtyroll announced they’ve landed the global rights to an anticipated anime movie that won’t be released in Japan for at least six months. Why would they strike so early on this one? Because it’s the next movie from Makoto Shinkai, director of Japan’s biggest hit film to date, “Your Name.” After that film and Weathering Eith You, his next feature will be called Suzume no Tojimari.
It’s difficult to tell at this point what Suzume no Tojimari is about, but the description sounds pretty trippy: the title character, Suzume, is a survivor of some unspecified disaster that has left her Japanese town in ruins. She doesn’t know what caused it until the day she finds a single, battered door standing upright in the middle of a pile of debris — like the disaster somehow missed it. Turns out doors like this are popping up all over , and they might have something to do with the disaster in the first place. So the worst thing one can do is open them! Guess what Suzume does?
“It’s with humility and honor that CoMix Wave Films, Makoto Shinkai, and TOHO have decided to partner with Crunchyroll on the next masterpiece,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll, LLC. “It’s also an incredible opportunity to work with our partners at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Wild Bunch International to co-distribute this film across a wide swatch of territories. We know both animation fans and general audiences will fall in love with this prestigious film, and we can’t wait to see the world’s reaction and reception to it in cinemas, festivals and for awards consideration.”
“We are excited to work with Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films, TOHO and Crunchyroll,” said Vincent Maraval, President of Wild Bunch International. “We consider Makoto Shinkai as a major artist with whom we wanted to work for a long time. He is a talented director that we welcome in our family of cinema masters and we feel proud to be able to bring his vision to the cinema world all around the globe.”
Suzume no Tojimari will be released on November 11 in Japan, and will be distributed elsewhere in early 2023 by Crunchyroll.